Grasping at Water

When a young, unidentified woman is pulled alive and well from Sydney Harbour in 2013, the connections to another woman – found in similar circumstances forty years earlier – present psychiatrist Kathryn Brookley with a terrible decision as the events of the present and past begin to mirror each other and the gap between truth and illusion shrinks.

When the young woman goes further and declares that she has lived continuously since coming to ‘understanding’ in the 14thcentury, her vivid accounts of life, love, childbirth, and loss in the Middle Ages seem so authentic that they test Kathryn’s scientific objectivity to the limit.

As Kathryn delves she discovers that she is not the only one whose habitual assumptions about life have been torn asunder by an apparent experience of the miraculous in connection with the mystery woman.

“a tremendous, playful and richly poetic book that speaks to the storyteller inside all of us.” — Walter Mason, author of Destination Saigon and Destination Cambodia

“As Kathryn’s quest for truth morphs into a voyage of self discovery, this spiritual page-turner draws you under its spell.” — Michele Seminara, Verity La

“Finely written historical mysticism entwined with a modern mystery … the thinking-person’s thriller that’s sure to whet the literary appetites of readers the world over.” — Amanda Hickey, journalist and filmmaker

When Carmel Bendon isn’t writing she’s lecturing at university or giving talks to general audiences on “all things medieval”. With a PhD in Medieval Literature and Culture she has published in academic journals and authored the successful non-fiction book Mysticism and Space. At home in Sydney she lives with her husband, a faithful dog, and a wild garden. She is the proud mother of three adult daughters. Grasping at Water is her first novel.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1925652413 (pbk) | 978-1925652420 (ebook)

Category: Visionary & Metaphysical Fiction / Mystery

Trade paperback: 246 pages

Publication Date: 18 September 2018

RRP: AU $23.95 (pbk) | $5.99 (ebook)


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